President Michael D Higgins: signed Bill in accordance with Constitution. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

President Michael D Higgins had no choice but to sign the marriage amendment into the Constitution despite the Supreme Court not having considered (...)

The crowd in the courtyard of Dublin Castle  react as the result of the same-sex marriage referendum is announced. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

So here was that appalling vista blossoming before us. And you know what? The view was wonderful. In the end, two-thirds of Irish voters found (...)

Senator David Norris celebrates at the Central Count Centre in Dublin Castle after the referendum to abolish the Seanad was defeated.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The referendum on the abolition of the Seanad has been defeated by 42,500 votes.The unlikely result was announced at Dublin Castle at 4.20pm by nation(...)

There was widespread criticism of the two ballot papers which seemed to have caused confusion among voters in 6,000 centres. The ballot papers made reference only to the 32nd and 33rd amendments to the Constitution without stating in full the propositions. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Voting has closed in the two referendums on the abolition of the Seanad and a new Court of Civil Appeal. Turnout was low across the country and will s(...)